Minister: Cooperatives in Iran increase 122-fold in 8 years
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jul.6/ Trend F.Karimov/
The number of cooperatives in Iran has increased 122-fold in past eight years, IRNA quoted Iran's Labor and Social Affairs Minister Asadollah Abbasi as saying.
Prior to the calendar year 1384 (March 2005-March 2006), some 84,000 cooperatives were active in the country, but the figure rose to 187,000 in the year 1391 (March 2012-March 2013), he added.
According to the fifth five-year development plan (2010-2015), the cooperative sector's share in the national economy should increase to 25 percent, he noted.
The number of women's cooperatives has also increased from 5,911 to 19,183 during the mentioned time span, the minister said.
In April, deputy labor minister Mohammad Taghi Hosseini said the international sanctions imposed on Iran have affected the working conditions in the country, however due to proper management no serious problems have been experienced yet.
Hosseini said that conditions for work in Iran are good, and the support system for workers is well developed.
"We have an active Decent Work Country Programme, that is currently being implemented," he said.
"The social security and social welfare cover all workers, including those working temporarily. We use the three-sided mechanism, which is one of the internationally-approved standards.
The government is not the only one which decides on the salary of the workers, but the employers and employees as well," he said.
The unemployment rate in the country is projected to fall by one percent each year during 2013-2015.
A member of Iran's high council of employment Davoud Qaderi said that the council had developed a package of investment plans, worth 1.96 trillion rials (some $160 billion), aimed to create 1.1 million new jobs this year.
The unemployment rate in Iran stood at 12.3 percent last year, showing a 1.2 percent fall compared to its preceding year, the statistical center of Iran reported.
Some 400,000 people were employed in Iran last year, which ended on March 19. The government announced over 1.6 million job opportunities were created last year, the Mehr News Agency reported on June 12.